Chronic illness and laziness have delayed this post for weeks longer than I had planned, but better late than never; here is the traditional list of my five favorite figures of the previous year. It was a great year for figures, I think, aside from rising costs and the continuing trend of manufacturers selling their products outside of the normal web stores, thus driving up the price of their figures even more. Such is the price we pay to be collectors. At least the figures have usually been worth it.
I should note that I’m only including PVC figures in this list; usually this list includes everything I’ve bought, but given that I’m a big proponent of larger figures, it’s not really fair to compare a two-foot tall, $700 statue to a typical 1/7 scale, $120 PVC figure. If I were to include statues, Aspen and the gigantic 1/3 scale Kitana that I got a few months ago would be on this list, probably at the top. A 1/3 scale statue really needs to be seen to be believed.
My fifth favorite figure is here in part because I’m more of a Rei fan than of Asuka, and since that seems to be an uncommon sentiment these days, we get comparatively few figures of the First Child. Also, this figure is closely related to one of the first figures I ever bought. Add to all of that the fact that I’m a big fan of Shunya Yamashita and REFLECT, and this is one of my favorite figures of the last year.
#4. Saber Bride from Fate/Grand Order
The second Flare figure on this list is of one of the best Saber designs amongst a bewildering proliferation of Sabers. This Saber – who is the modern embodiment of the Roman Emperor Nero rather than King Arthur, though I’m sure the distinction is lost on most (including me) – eschews all the classic elegance of the original Saber by trading her blue dress for a bondage leotard and a far more regal pair of breasts. Truly this Saber is superior.
My top three figures of the previous year can honestly be put in any order. I’ll put Mai Shiranui third just because although she’s lewd, she’s not quite as lewd as the next two figures. I have a bunch of figures of Mai but in my mind, this one is clearly the best of them all. That said, she’s getting a couple of 1/4 scale statues in the next year or two that I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on.
I’ve flip-flopped a couple of times as to whether I like this figure better than the figure I placed at the number one spot. It’s really close; obviously this is one of the best figures in my collection, and in my view, it’s the best figure Native has ever made.
I think this Tony-designed figure is my favorite figure of the previous year. Indeed, it may well be my favorite PVC figure overall (Alter’s Dizzy and, as mentioned, Oshitsuke are in contention for that title). She looks great, the manufacturing quality is superb, and she’s being penetrated vaginally and anally – what’s not to like? This figure is emblematic of why I think SkyTube is the best figure maker in the business right now.